Press & Updates - National Council of Teachers of English

The National Council of Teachers of English, with more than 25,000 members and subscribers worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. For more than 100 years NCTE has been the home for teachers in all areas of literacy education at all grade levels.

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News from NCTE

  • NCTE announces results of the 2022 Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) contest (January 30, 2023)
  • NCTE releases new statement, “Position Statement on the Role of Nonfiction Literature (K–12)” (January 19, 2023)


  • NCTE members quoted in “The Future of the High School Essay: We Talk to 4 Teachers, 2 Experts and 1 AI Chatbot.” (December 19, 2022)
  • NCTE and the National Humanities Alliance announce the 2022 Jefferson Lecture essay contest winner and runners-up. (December 19, 2022)
  • NCTE signs onto letter to the Federal Communications Commission regarding their National Broadband Maps, which mis-categorizes multi-dwellings units and community anchor institutions, including schools and libraries. (December 12, 2022)
  • The National Council of Teachers of English Announces Winners of Prestigious 2023 Literary Awards (November 21, 2022)
  • English concentrator William Lohier ’23 was awarded first place and a $4,000 prize by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in its national writing contest, “Celebrating Black Writers: Voices Calling for Activism and Social Justice.” (November 4, 2022)
  • A bicameral resolution issued by the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate, led by Chairman Raskin and Senator Schatz recognized NCTE as best practice leader on intellectual freedom and condemned the uptick in book bans and education-targeted gag orders. (September 22, 2022)
  • Today’s book bans might be more dangerous than those from the past. The right’s purge is targeting books children choose to read, not works they are assigned, by Washington Post. (September 12, 2022)
  • In 2022, a New Urgency for Banned Books Week, by Publishers Weekly. (September 9, 2022)
  • Book challenges, restrictions, and outright bans on materials in K-12 classrooms and school libraries are popping up more and more across the country these days. NCTE’s Book Rationale Database featured in EducationWeek article. (September 1, 2022)
  • National Council of Teachers of English Announces 2022 Award Recipients. Literacy educators recognized for their commitment and dedication to advancing literacy, the field of education, or NCTE. (September 1, 2022)
  • NCTE’s Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick was quoted in this piece by Kiara Alfonseca and ABC News on how censorship-related laws are influencing teachers’ decisions to stay the classroom:  “We are seeing that teachers are personally targeted…It’s leading towards an extinguishing of the passion of why teachers got into the profession in the first place.” (August 31, 2022). You can learn more about NCTE’s efforts on censorship by visiting the NCTE’s Intellectual Freedom Center or to report censorship.
  • Everyone is a writer, according to the National Council of Teachers of English. And that’s a good thing, given that being able to write is a vital skill across many professions. Read the article on “How to Master Needed College Writing Skills” By U.S.News. (June 18, 2022)
  • Shelly C. Lowe, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities to Address Keynote at NCTE Summer Event for English Teachers. (June 27, 2022)
  • George M. Johnson Named Honorary Chair of Banned Books Week (June 16, 2022)
  • Tonya B. Perry has been elected as the incoming Vice President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Perry has over 20 years of teaching experience and is a tireless advocate for students and educators who are often denied a voice. (June 15, 2022)
  • NCTE opposes recent action to block the sales of books in Virginia. Please read the “Virginia Legal Action Threatened the Freedom to Read: Coalition statement,” supported by leading literacy advocates. This action would profoundly limit the availability of books in the Commonwealth of Virginia and this form of censorship cannot be tolerated under the First Amendment.(May 18, 2022)
  • NCTE announced today it has been recognized by ASAE as the Overall Excellence Gold Circle Award out of nearly 200 submissions. (May 18, 2022)
  • NCTE Shares Support for the RAISE Act: New federal legislation introduced will boost teacher compensation and professional support (May 5, 2022)
  • The 2021 NCTE Annual Convention, themed Equity, Justice, and Antiracist Teaching, broke new ground last November. The most recent honor for this event is a Gold Stevie® Award in the Conferences & Meetings – Educational Event category. (April 22, 2022)  
  • NCTE announced today it has been recognized by ASAE with a 2022 Gold Circle Award in the Convention/Meetings Marketing Campaign category for 2021 NCTE Annual Convention. (April 21, 2022)
  • Teachers to culture warriors: Stop Treating us as enemies. NCTE’s Freedom to Teach Statement published in The Washington Post. (March 22, 2022)
  • Statement on the Freedom to Teach. School districts, the most active battlefield in the American culture wars today, are facing an unprecedented number of calls to remove books from schools and libraries, false claims about “obscenity” invading classrooms, the elimination of teaching about evolution and climate change, challenges to the need for making sense of and critiquing our world in mathematics classrooms, and legislation redlining teaching about racism in American history. (February 15, 2022)
  • The Center for Black Literature (CBL) at Medgar Evers College, in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, announces partnership for Celebrating Black Writers: Voices Calling for Activism and Social Justice, a writing award for secondary and college students. (February 28, 2022)
  • NCTE signs American Historical Association’s statement “condemn[ing] in the strongest possible terms Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine” and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s abuse of history as justification for the attack. (February 28, 2022)
  • NCTE Releases a statement in Solidarity with Teachers, with over 30 Conferences, Associations, Assemblies, and Affiliate groups signing on in support. (February 22, 2022)
  • NCTE signs on to American Historical Association’s statement historicizing and condemning the numerous bomb threats received by at least 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in early 2022. (February 22, 2022)
  • NCTE is proud to be the official literacy partner of Random House’s virtual event to celebrate the paperback launch of Educated in conversation with Natalie Portman and Tara Westover. (February 8, 2022)
  • NCTE Releases a statement on the Doublespeak Award and Anti-Censorship Efforts (February 7, 2022)

News from NCTE

The National Council of Teachers of English Announces Winners of Prestigious Literary Awards (November 22, 2021)

English Teachers and Literacy Educators from around the Nation to Gather for the National Council of Teachers of English 2021 Annual Convention Featuring Literary Leaders (November 18, 2021)

New Standards Released for Educators Preparing to Be English Language Arts Teachers (November 9, 2021)

NCTE Cosigns Letter Urging Funds Be Included in the Build Back Better Act to Help Preserve Broadband Connectivity (October 7, 2021)

National Council of Teachers of English Announces 2021 Award Recipients (September 14, 2021)

National Council of Teachers of English Unveils Plans for Groundbreaking 2021 Annual Convention (August 13, 2021)

NCTE Announces 2021 Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award Honorees (July 8, 2021)

NCTE Joins Call for Increased Investment in Educator Workforce (July 2, 2021)

NCTE Joins Call for Federal Appropriations Supporting Digital Citizenship and Literacy (July 2, 2021)

NCTE Responds to US Supreme Court’s Mahanoy v. B. L. Ruling (June 23, 2021)

NCTE Cosigns Nonpartisan Coalition Statement Opposing “Divisive Concepts” Legislation (June 23, 2021)

NCTE Supports Joint Statement on “Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism and American History” (June 16, 2021)

Shelley Rodrigo Elected Vice President of the National Council of Teachers of English (June 10, 2021)

National Council of Teachers of English Hosts Advance Screening of Trust Me (May 21, 2021)

2020 National Council of Teachers of English Virtual Annual Convention Wins Inaugural Virtual Events Institute Award (April 22, 2021)

National Council of Teachers of English’s James R. Squire Office Releases New Policy Briefs to Promote Literacy Instruction That Prepares Students for an Increasingly Diverse and Digital World (April 19, 2021)

NCTE Condemns All Hateful Incidents in Stance Against Anti-Asian Violence (March 19, 2021)

National Council of Teachers of English Partners with National Coalition Against Censorship to Advance Intellectual Freedom (January 26, 2021)

National Council of Teachers of English Now Accepting 2021 Early Career Educator of Color Applications (January 20, 2021)

The National Council of Teachers of English Announces Winners of Prestigious Literary Awards (November 24, 2020)

NCTE Partners with Penguin Random House for Leadership and Action Series (August 11, 2020)

NCTE  Joins National Media Literacy Alliance (June 2, 2020)

NCTE Annual Convention Goes Virtual (June 1, 2020)

NCTE Takes A Stance Against Racism (June 1, 2020)

NCTE Brings Together More Than 8,000 Educators in Baltimore for Annual Convention (November 25, 2019)

NCTE and Penguin Random House Award Norcross, GA, Educator with $10,000 Grant for “Woke” Reading Challenge (November 23, 2019)

NCTE and Penguin Random House Award CPS Educator with $10,000 Grant for Trauma-informed Poetry Work (November 23, 2019)

Penguin Random House Teacher of Literacy Awards Announced at 109th Annual Convention (November 22, 2019)

More Than 8,000 English Teachers Convene for National Conference in Baltimore Nov. 21-24 (November 20, 2019)

National Council of Teachers of English Announces 2019 Leadership Award Recipients (August 21, 2019)

New Literacy Research Office Launches at Notre Dame (August 20, 2019)

Valerie Kinloch Elected Vice President of NCTE (June 6, 2019)

Penguin Random House (PRH) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Announce Partnership for Two $10,000 Grants for Teachers (March 4, 2019)

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Announces Winners of Prestigious Book Awards at 108th Annual Convention (November 17, 2018)

Thousands Prepare for National Celebration of Writing (October 15, 2018)

NCTE Opposes Use of Federal Funds for Guns in Schools (August 23, 2018)

Alfredo Celedón Luján Elected Vice President of NCTE (June 6, 2018)

NCTE Announces Winners of Prestigious Book Awards at 107th Annual Convention (November 18, 2017)

7,000 English Teachers, Authors, and an Astronaut Gather in St. Louis Nov. 16-19 (November 14, 2017)

The Nation Celebrates Writing (October 20, 2017)

Joan Bertin Receives Intellectual Freedom Award (October 17, 2017)

NCTE Announces Honorable Mention SAGA 6 for the 2017 National Intellectual Freedom Award (October 16, 2017)

NCTE Announces Honorable Mention Christina Berchini for the 2017 National Intellectual Freedom Award (October 16, 2017)

Leah Zuidema Elected Vice President of NCTE (June 7, 2017)

NCTE’s Response to Secretary DeVos’s Testimony (June 6, 2017)

NCTE’s Statement on the President’s Proposed Budget for FY18 (May 24, 2017)

2017 Children’s Book Awards Announced (November 19, 2016)

National survey: Teachers know best how to assess students’ literacy, want changes in testing system (August 24, 2016)

NCTE’s New Washington Office on Capitol Hill Brings Members Closer to the Action (August 9, 2016)

Author Matt de la Peña Receives Intellectual Freedom Award (August 4, 2016)

Franki Sibberson Is New NCTE Vice President  (June 3, 2016)

2016 Children’s Book Awards Announced  (November 21, 2015

2016 Awards for Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction Will Be Announced Saturday, November 21, in Minneapolis  (November 16, 2015)

Awards Will Be Presented to Educators, Researchers, Authors, and Affiliate Groups during Annual Convention  (November 13, 2015)

Winners of NCTE & Norman Mailer Center’s 2015 Student and Teacher Writing Awards  (November 10, 2015)

Announcing NCTE’s New Executive Director  (October 13, 2015)

Author Laurie Halse Anderson Honored with NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award  (September 30, 2015)

Jocelyn Chadwick Is New Vice President  (July 6, 2015)

NCTE Mourns the Loss of Executive Emeritus Kent Williamson  (June 7, 2015)

Resolutions Approved by NCTE Members  (January 2015)

  • Resolution on the Need for Diverse Children’s and Young Adult Books
  • Resolution on Mandatory Grade Retention and High-Stakes Testing
  • Resolution on the Dignity and Education of Immigrant, Undocumented, and Unaccompanied Youth 

2015 NCTE Children’s Book Awards Announced  (January 27, 2015)

NCTE Honor Teachers, Authors, and Researchers with Awards during the 2014 Annual Convention  (November 11, 2014)

Florida Educator Susan Houser Elected Next NCTE Vice President  (July 10, 2014)

Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation study released by the National Center for Literacy Education, an initiative of NCTE  (February 27, 2014)

2014 Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Award Announced by NCTE  (January 24, 2014)

Field Notes

Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick shares regular updates with members and the wider NCTE community via the Field Notes blog. You read all her posts here.